We welcome Author R P Channing to the blog today to chat with us about his writing and his exciting new Young Adult book, Thirst: Blood of my Blood!
How did you come up with the title of your latest book?
I picked it at the end. I thought it was catchy, if not too original. The “Blood of my Blood” tagline has deeper meaning within the story.
How did you come up with the cover design?
I’m a designer, so I played around with a few things, compared it to what was popular, and ended up with what I have now. As an interesting point, Kira had black hair in the first few drafts of the book. But after I designed the cover, black hair didn’t go well with the background. So I went through the whole book and changed her hair color.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
I tend to get lost in the story when I write. And sometimes I get lost down the rabbit hole. Finding my way back and getting things to make sense with earlier parts is always difficult.
How do you choose your character’s names?
I have no rote formula. Sometimes I pull them out of my head, sometimes I search for
“common [insert language or culture here] names.” Then I pick the one that has a nice ring to it.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Are you a plotter or a pantser?Pantser? What’s that? I actually had to google the word! I love how people give things labels. Well, if we must label it, I’m a pantser in the first few drafts, a plotter in the last few.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and I write, then I go back and fix what I wrote. I also research until I’m blue in the face.
What does your family think of your writing?
My wife is extremely supportive, even though she shouldn’t be. I would have never published this book if I didn’t have her encouragement in the background.
Do you have any other author friends and do you ever get together in real life?
I’m the only author I know personally. I know plenty of musicians, a few painters, even some small-time actors. But no authors.
What’s your next writing project?
I’m working on two stories. A second book for Thirst, and a dystopian story which gets my heart pumping from excitement. I’m not sure which I’ll release first. They’re both very different stories and both interest me very much. Thirst is a standalone novel so nothing is left open, which leaves me free to choose which one gets out first.
Young Adult Romance
Vampires, Demons, Witches
$20 Amazon Gift Voucher Giveaway
At the back of the book there is a giveaway link.
Once the book hits fifty reviews on Amazon,
one of those reviewers will win a $20 (US Dollars) Amazon Gift Voucher!